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Life and Death on the Loxahatchee: The Story of Trapper Nelson

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Life and Death on the Loxahatchee" is both the story of a real-life Tarzan and the people who grew up with him along Florida s first wild and scenic river. Vince Nelson was unique, but also a symbol of all those who fished, trapped, ploughed and hammered out hardscrabble lives on the Jupiter-Tequesta riverfront in the days before it became golf courses and mega-mansions. W ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 156 pages
Published April 2004 by Pharos Books (first published March 28th 2002)
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Josh Liller
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, florida
I thought I'd read this book not long after it was originally published, but I can't find any record. After the book's subject came up in conversation recently, I decieded to read it (again?).

This short and easy read is the story of Vince "Trapper" Nelson. An interesting character who lived a semi-rural life, ran a local tourist attraction, and become something of a living legend in the Jupiter, Florida area before becoming reclusive and dying under mysterious circumstances. Trapper's old home/z
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this bio in FL about a Tarzan-type guy who choose to live alone way up the Loxahatchee River near Jupiter, FL. He was known as Trapper Nelson and he lived off the land and the animals he trapped. He started a Zoo which he allowed people to tour for a small fee.Over time he owned over 1000 acres on the river. His life came to a tragic end. Very interesting read about a very interesting man. The day afte reading this we took the Trapper Nelson tour, riding a pontoo boat up the Loxahatchee t ...more
Jul 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting and informative read about a man who 'lived off the land' in Jupiter, Florida for more than 30 years.

If you're from the area, it's even more interesting to imagine life as it was in the early days of the town. Not only that, but the man himself, Vince Nelson, is a Tarzan-like type who hunts and traps animals and eventually comes to own a large amount of land on prime northern Palm Beach County riverfront. His death, in 1968, was classified as a suicide, but the details are somewhat
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been fascinated with the story of Trapper Nelson since I started vacationing in Jupiter over ten years ago. I enjoy learning the history of the area that I am traveling to and this novel was a perfect fit. Not only was this a great biography but a historical account of the Jupiter/Tequesta area as well.
Nelson must have been quite a character. I look forward to visiting his restored camp.
Sharon Archer
this was fascinating!!!...not only did i find out trapper nelson was from my hometown of trenton, new jersey, but what a story...and it was cool to read about a place that i am so familiar with from paddling on this wild and scenic of my favorite paddles!!
Apr 01, 2008 rated it liked it
An interesting story of trapper Nelson for those of us familiar with Hobe Sound, Florida.
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